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Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:26

Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yardPolice say one person is in custody after a body was found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


Police name persons of interest in death of Colorado teen girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:24
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Utah police identified on Tuesday two people of interest in the death of a teenage Colorado girl who vanished in December and whose remains were found in a suitcase in a remote park area late last month. Kelly Mae Myers, 18, was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction by relatives who said she might have been trying to hitchhike to visit friends in the Salt Lake City area. Authorities said on Tuesday that a study of Myers' social media accounts as part of a missing persons search had shown she last logged on from an IP address at a Country Inn and Suites in West Valley City, Utah. The West Valley City Police Department said detectives were told by hotel employees who cleaned the room she used there that they had found had a "foul odor" after the room was vacated.

Detroit mother arrested over children's bodies in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:22
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - The bodies of an 11-year-old boy and a teenage girl were found in the freezer of a Detroit apartment on Tuesday and their mother was arrested as part of a homicide investigation, police said. A court officer and her crew, who were carrying out an eviction, found the bodies, according to a Detroit Police Department statement and media reports. After talking to neighbors, police tracked down the mother to another apartment in the complex, where her relatives lived, police spokeswoman June West said. Police Chief James Craig was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying the bodies appeared to have been frozen for some time and neighbors said they had not seen the children in about a year.

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:22

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPhiladelphia police responding to a report of a shooting Tuesday night fired at a man who pointed a weapon in their direction, authorities say.


Gamer convention could leave Indiana over religious freedom bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:10
(Reuters) - A major gaming convention, Gen Con, threatened on Tuesday to move its annual event out of Indiana if Gov. Mike Pence signs into law a controversial bill that would allow private businesses to deny service to homosexuals on religious grounds. Pence has signaled he will sign the bill, possibly this week, after the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday a lower-house version of the bill and moved it to the Republican governor's desk. Both houses had previously passed the bill, which supporters say will keep the government from forcing business owners - such as bakeries and florists who don't want to provide services to gay couples - from acting in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. The Indianapolis Star has reported that big employers in Indiana, including tech giant Salesforce, diesel engine maker Cummins and Eskenazi Health, have opposed the measure.

Woman in dismissed murder case: 'Victory is bittersweet'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:59

Debra Milke cries as she is embraced by Attorney Lori Voepel, right, during a news conference, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Phoenix. Milke spoke out for the first time after spending two decades on death row in the killing of her son. Her case was dismissed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son's killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn't know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with his death, despite allegations from prosecutors.


Vermont cops tipped on Durst in '12 in student disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:41

FILE - An undated file photo provided by the Middlebury Police shows Lynne Schulze, who disappeared in 1971 from Middlebury College in Vermont. Police said Monday, March 23, 2015 that they've been investigating a link between the 1971 disappearance of Schulze and millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst. (AP Photo, File)MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday.


Idaho family named as suspects in fatal Arizona Wal-Mart brawl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:34
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The suspects in a fatal brawl with police outside an Arizona Wal-Mart have been identified as a family from Idaho who had apparently been living in a vehicle in the store's parking lot for days before the melee, authorities said on Tuesday. Five adults and one juvenile were booked on multiple charges stemming from the fight that erupted late on Saturday in Cottonwood after police responded to a report that a female Wal-Mart employee was assaulted by multiple suspects. Police said the officers were immediately attacked by the suspects in the parking lot and that during the fracas, 21-year-old Enoch Gaver was shot and killed, while his brother David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen. One police officer, 31-year-old Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, was also shot and remains in a hospital in Flagstaff, about 45 miles away.

Man wounded in police-involved shooting in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:23
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer has shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, a day after the Justice Department issued a report on police shootings in the city.

Man arrested after woman's body found in Frankford yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:49

Man in custody after woman's body found in Frankford yardPolice say one person is in custody after a body was found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Officer behind wheel in fatal wrong-way crash had DUI in '13

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this undated photo provided by the Linden, N.J. Police Department, Police Officer Pedro Abad is shown. Abad, 27, is in critical condition after the car he was driving struck a truck head-on, while travelling in the wrong direction on a Staten Island N.Y., highway, Friday, March 20, 2015. The crash critically injured a fellow officer and killed another. A civilian travelling in the vehicle also died. (AP Photo/Linden N.J. Police Department)The off-duty New Jersey police officer who was behind the wheel during a wrong-way crash that killed another officer and a friend last week in New York City had previously had his driver's license suspended for driving under the influence, an official said Tuesday.


'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Jon Hamm, left, and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokeswoman for the "Mad Men" star Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.


Police open fire on shooting suspect in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:32

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPolice fired at a shooting suspect in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia Tuesday night.


'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:30

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addictionA spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.


Common-sense, low-cost fix for truck-train crashes rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:25

FILE - In this file frame grab from video provided by WTVD-11, on March 9, 2015, authorities respond to a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a truck in Halifax County, N.C. An AP review of news coverage shows there were at least 20 collisions between trains and tractor trailers in 2013 and 2014 after truck drivers drove into the path of oncoming trains or got stuck. The nation’s railroads want Congress to give them five more years to implement a more than $15 billion high-tech solution for train wrecks. (AP Photo/WTVD-11, File)RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — America's railroads want five more years to stop train wrecks using a high-tech system costing more than $9 billion.


Teen convicted of setting destructive San Diego County fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:18

FILE - In this May 15, 2014 file photo, a mountaintop home burns in the Cocos wildfire in San Marcos, Calif. A judge has found a 14-year-old girl guilty of arson for igniting a branch that caused last year's devastating wildfire in San Diego County. Spokesman Steve Walker of the San Diego County District Attorney's office says the girl was found guilty Tuesday, March 24, 2015 of multiple felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape one's control. Prosecutors say the girl ignited branches amid a spate of wildfires in the county and laughed about it when she told her sister. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Tuesday found a 14-year-old girl guilty of arson for igniting a branch in her backyard that caused last year's devastating wildfire in San Diego County.


California woman killed by gravel dumped on her car in driveway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:12
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-area woman was crushed to death in her driveway by a load of gravel that spilled accidentally from a dump truck onto her car as she was about to move the vehicle at the request of construction workers, authorities said on Tuesday. The tragedy occurred on Monday afternoon while sidewalk construction was under way along a half-mile stretch of the woman's street in the East Bay town of Martinez, according to an initial report gathered by workplace safety inspectors. “Someone knocked on her door, the lady came out, then actually the chain of events that happened from there are under investigation as to how the gravel load came down onto the woman’s car, pinning her and killing her inside,” said Julia Bernstein, a spokeswoman for California's Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Oklahoma student in racist fraternity video to speak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:02
DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma student seen participating in a racist chant in a video made aboard a fraternity party bus is scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a leading black Oklahoma state legislator.

Mom, stepmom arrested for assaulting son's bullies at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:59
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.